Waiting paid off: Elliott and Veritas to jointly acquire Athenahealth for $5.7bn

Athenahealth (NASDAQ: ATHN) – market cap as of 11/22/2018: $5.36bn Introduction On the 12th of November 2018, private equity firm Veritas Capital and hedge fund Elliot Management announced their plan to buy Athenahealth Inc. for $5.7bn in an all-cash deal. The deal values Athenahealth at $135 per share, thus offering a 12.2% premium compared to […]

Brookfield Business and CDPQ made the day of Johnson Controls’ Shareholders by acquiring Power Solution Business for $13.2bn

Johnson Control International PLC [JCI: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $30.754bn Brookfield Business Partners LP [BBU: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 21/11/2018 $4.613bn Introduction On November 13th, 2018 Johnson Control International announced its intentions to sell Power Solutions Business, one of its most profitable divisions. Generating $8bn of revenues so far this […]

“Xs” and “Os”: SAP acquires Qualtrics for $8bn

SAP SE (FWB: SAP) – market cap as of 23/11/2018: €109.7bn ($124.5bn) Introduction On November 10th, 2018, enterprise software giant SAP announced that it would acquire Qualtrics, one of cloud computing’s rising ‘unicorns’, for $8bn in cash. The announcement was made shortly before the much anticipated Qualtrics IPO, which had been under preparation for months. […]

Canada grows its shale’s footprint: Encana to acquire the North American Newfield in a strategic $5.5bn deal

Encana Corporation [ECA: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $7.74bn Newfield Exploration Company [NFX: NYSE] – Market Cap as of 13/11/2018 $4.04bn Introduction On the first of November, 2018, Encana Corporation announced a definitive agreement to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Newfield Exploration Company, an all-stock transaction valued at $5.5bn. Following […]

Rush for OTT dominance heats up: Deltatre acquires Massive Interactive

Introduction On November 7, Massive Interactive, a London-based OTT software provider, announced that it had signed an agreement to be acquired by Deltatre, a global provider of sports media services and technology in a transaction worth up to $127m. This transaction is an attempt by Deltratre to enter the entertainment sector, as well as to […]

Connecting the wires: CommScope acquires ARRIS

CommScope (NASDAQ: COMM) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $3.55bn ARRIS International Plc (NASDAQ: ARRS) – market cap as of 16/11/2018: $5.32bn Introduction On November 8, 2018 CommScope, global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks, announced the acquisition of modems and set-top boxes maker, ARRIS International Plc. for $7.4 billion in an all-cash transaction […]

Spoiled meal: The Restaurant Group sees its shares go down as it announces the acquisition of Wagamama

Restaurant Group PLC (LON: RTN) – market cap as of 11/09/2018: £512.35m Introduction On the 30th of October 2018, The Restaurant Group plc announced its plan to purchase the entirety of the issued share capital of Mabel Topco Limited, the holding company of Wagamama, effectively acquiring Wagamama, a high-growth brand in the casual-dining industry, for […]

Big Blue fires back in $34bn deal for Red Hat

IBM – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $123.54 Red Hat – Share price as of 09/11/2018 – $173,75 Introduction From the 1900’s to the 1970’s, technology companies went from producing bulky recording machines to even bulkier versions of the first computers. Since then, they ditched the design, which resembled a microwave more so than […]

Mitsubishi UFJ Trust kills two birds with one stone with the CBA asset management units’ acquisition and creates a ¥90 trillion colossus

Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group Inc (TOKYO: 8306:JP) – market cap as of 09/11/2018: ¥9.477tn Introduction  On October 31, 2018, Mitsubishi UFJ Trust and Banking Corporation (“MUTB”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the cross-listed Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (“MUFG”), and one of Japan’s leading asset managers, came to an agreement with the Commonwealth Bank of Australia […]

Private Equity surfs the new debt wave

Private Equity Industry Overview Private equity is like home flipping, but with large corporations instead of dilapidated houses from the 1970’s. Only rather than having profits in the tens of thousands, it’s in the tens of millions. The private equity industry, pioneered in the 1970’s by the likes of KKR and Apollo, has grown to […]

Consolidation in the military industry: Harris-L3 Merge

L3 Technologies Inc (LLL: HRS) – Share price as of 02/11/2018 – $189,25 Harris Corp (NYSE: HRS) – Share price as of 02/11/2018 – $147,7 Introduction On October 14, 2018, military communication providers Harris Corp and L3 Technologies Inc. announced that they had entered into a definitive agreement to complete an all-stock merger, thus creating […]

Pit stop for external growth: KKR owned Calsonic Kansei acquires FCA owned Magneti Marelli

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV (NYSE: FCAU) – market cap as of 31/10/2018: USD 23.978bn KKR & Co. Inc. (NYSE: KKR) – market cap as of: 31/10/2018: USD 19.176bn Introduction On October 22, 2018 Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. announced the sale of its automotive components unit Magneti Marelli for a price of €6.2bn to leading Japanese […]

Coffee market heating up: Lavazza takes a $650m bite out of Mars

Introduction On October 1, 2018, leading Italian coffee company Lavazza announced its acquisition of Mars Drinks, the renowned coffee businesses of Mars Incorporated. The deal entails Lavazza’s acquisition of the single-serve Flavia machine and the Klix freestanding Vending machine businesses – two leading brands in the Office Coffee Service (OCS) and Vending segments – and […]

Race towards driverless cars: Honda’s $2.75bn investments in General Motors’ self driving unit

Honda Motor Co Ltd: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – JPY 5.601tn General Motors Co: Market Cap as of 12/10/18 – $44.95bn Introduction On October 3rd Honda announced a $2.75 billion investment in General Motors Cruise self driving unit, obtaining a 5.7% stake in the company. The transaction was conducted to develop together autonomous vehicles […]

The first British carmaker to ever hit the Market: how much will it take for the new Aston Martin IPO to go from zero to FTSE?

Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc (AML: GB) – market cap as of 8/10/2018: €3.6bn Introduction Aston Martin Lagonda Global Holdings Plc, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of luxury sports cars, completed its Initial Public Offering on the London Stock Exchange on October 3rd, 2018. The issue price of £19 a share corresponds to […]

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